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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Preview

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Preview

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Preview

For the first time in three years, Samsung is going downmarket with its Note line, releasing a budget alternative of the Note 3. The Neo edition scales down on specs, sporting a 5.5” 720p HD display instead of 5.7” 1080p, slower processor, 2 GB of RAM instead of 3, and 8-megapixel camera instead of 13 MP.

On the other hand, it has identical design, software features, and the venerable S Pen stylus. We also get a large 3100 mAh battery that is just shy of the 3200 mAh unit in the Note 3, which bodes well for the perspective endurance...


A more compact Note 3 with 5.5” display

With its 148 x 77 x 8.6mm, and 162.5g, the Neo offshoot is shorter and less wide than the Note 3, and almost as large as the 5” Xperia Z1. This makes it more pocket-friendly, and easier to operate with one hand than the typical phablets of late, despite its hearty 5.5” display. Granted, the top left quadrant of the panel would still be terra incognita for your right thumb, but at least you are able to reach the context menu or home keys, without the immediate risk of dropping the Note 3 Neo.

Just like the Note 3, the outer appearance is done in the new Samsung stylistic of metal-imitating side rim and a removable back cover that resembles notebook leather, stitching accents at the edge and all. The removable back means you can quickly swap with a spare battery, and add more storage, in the best of Samsung's traditions. The S Pen stylus is tucked the same way you'd find it on the Note 3, at the lower right corner, and overall the handset's looks scream “Hey, I'm a Note, too, just smaller”.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
5.84 x 3.05 x 0.34 inches
148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6 mm
5.73 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung GALAXY Note II
5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches
151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
6.44 oz (182 g)

Samsung GALAXY Note II

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The biggest tradeoff is 720p HD resolution, all Super AMOLED quirks and virtues apply

Note 3 Neo sports a 5.5” display, which has 720x1280 pixels of resolution, resulting in 267ppi pixel density. This panel is also the biggest difference when you compare it to the 5.7” 1080p screen of the flagship Note 3, that flaunts a 386 ppi pixel count. Its HD resolution means that detail won't be as defined, and doodling won't look as precise as on the 1080p displays of the Note 3 or S4. For everyday purposes, however, the pixel density of the Note 3 Neo's display is perfectly adequate. Its panel is still of the Super AMOLED variety, so it will offer you oversaturated, somewhat cold colors, deep blacks, and excellent viewing angles.

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posted on 31 Jan 2014, 06:19 2

1. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

WOW! PA team, you're one of the fastest. Faster than other sites to preview a device.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 06:24 9

3. Sonny_09 (Posts: 49; Member since: 24 May 2013)

They are the fastest in previewing Samsung devices.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 07:37 2

4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

True. ;)

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 13:58

17. luigi0824 (Posts: 49; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

lol gsmarena has already a finished review of it

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 06:23 2

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Just price it right and this will be a hit

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 07:56

5. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

So, Android users, how is this any different from the 5S, 5C line from Apple? We're comparing the same fruit here: It's the same model of a pre-existing phone that's dumbed down slightly. Anything about specs or screen size are irrelevant - the 5C has the same screen size / OS as the 5S, as does the Neo to the original Note 3.

This isn't a knock on the Note - it's an incredible device. But Apple received so much criticizm on the "5Cr*p". I'm curious to see your defense now that Samsung has done the exact same thing.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:22 2

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Because Samsung has been doing this for awhile now...?

Apple flaunted that their devices are premium and best in the industry, correct? iPhone 5C put that comment to rest. That's why.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:22

10. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Hey PapaSmurf, where is MamaSmurf? I'm really miss her.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 19:26 1

12. demonspeedster (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)

because, while samsung presents us this device as an option to their other offering to capture new market and sale, Apple gave us the 5C so they don't have to sell you the original iphone 5, since they want to cut cost and afraid of the 5 cannibalizing the 5S market. Samsung intention is based on greediness, but apple is out there to with evil intention to screw their potential customer

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:16

6. gws898 (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 May 2013)

Does it have FM Radio?

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:27

8. jopancy (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)

Also, while at it, does it have TV?
a DVD player?
a cable receiver?

and, and, and

can it read my freaking girlfriend's mind?

it does?! AWESOMEEE!!!

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 11:16 6

11. gregoryyy3 (unregistered)

Why mock him? You sound annoying.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:09 3

9. adecvat (Posts: 321; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Yeah, put new Note 3 features in Note 2 copy (Neo) and drop Note 2. Shamesung style.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 20:28 1

13. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

last 3 pics looks so washed out even in low light.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 22:59

14. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Display is 720p AMOLED OK.. But its Pentile like OG Note / Note3 or NON-PENTILE like Note2 / S2 ???


posted on 01 Feb 2014, 10:49

15. mark_ray (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 26 May 2013)

Nice movement from Samsung, it is reaching whole new market with this budget phablet

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 07:55

16. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

"budget phablet" are you sure about that???


posted on 03 Feb 2014, 08:05

18. StanoS (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)

PA Team, could you please clarify if it is pentile or non-pentile (all 3 RGB subpixels) display? Thanks a lot.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 12:00

19. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

The current Note 3 has the legs to stay on the market for all of 2014 with no changes. I have to give it to Apple on this one. Instead of one after the other like before they have slowed down and are letting all these other companies blow their brains out releasing products that closely resemble what is already what they are offering. It doesn't work.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 06:53

20. predateur (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)

Also, while at it, does it have TV?
a DVD player?

can it read my freaking girlfriend's mind?


posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:10

21. 16.munira (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

I do miss fm radio..it sucks after paying so much u don't get to enjoy such a basic feature like fm radio...nobody wants to download as it always requires internet connection..

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